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Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Alabama


Alpha particles are a form of radiation associated with radioactive mining waste pollutants and natural sources. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Alabama

74 water utilities reported detecting Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Clio Water Works
Clio, AL
2,8144 of 419.07 pCi/L
(4.12 to 42 pCi/L)
2Uriah Water System Inc.
Uriah, AL
3,1625 of 56.53 pCi/L
(3.8 to 8.9 pCi/L)
3Bayou LA Batre Utilities
Bayou La Batre, AL
8,1181 of 16.15 pCi/L
(6.15 pCi/L)
4Midway Water Works
Midway, AL
8945 of 55.8 pCi/L
(4 to 10.1 pCi/L)
5Belforest Water System
Daphne, AL
3,8431 of 14.5 pCi/L
(4.5 pCi/L)
6Henry County Water Authority
Abbeville, AL
6,7831 of 24 pCi/L
(0 to 8 pCi/L)
7Hawk Pride MT Water System
Tuscumbia, AL
4,0351 of 13.9 pCi/L
(3.9 pCi/L)
8Frisco City Water System
Frisco City, AL
2,4001 of 13.6 pCi/L
(3.6 pCi/L)
9Douglas Water & Fire Pro Authority
Douglas, AL
14,8501 of 13.5 pCi/L
(3.5 pCi/L)
10Pisgah Water Works
Pisgah, AL
1,3501 of 13.5 pCi/L
(3.5 pCi/L)

Health Based Limits for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium)

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 pCi/L
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.15 pCi/L
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.15 pCi/L

Violation Summary for Alpha particle activity (excl radon and uranium) in Alabama

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Alabama since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly6